The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as “Trappists”) is a Roman Catholic contemplative religious order, consisting of monasteries of monks and monasteries of nuns. We are part of the larger Cistercian family which traces its origin to 1098. As Cistercians we follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the Benedictine family as well. Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.

  • Kurisumala

    June 15, 2024 3:00 pm

    Dom Sevanand Ennamprayil completed his first term of six-years as Abbot of Kurisumala Ashram (diocese...

  • Genesee

    June 5, 2024 2:48 pm

    Dom Gerard D’Souza completed his second term of six-years as Abbot of Our Lady of...

  • Bonneval

    May 31, 2024 3:07 pm

    Mother Michèle Cointet, Abbess of Bonneval (Diocese of Rodez, France) since 1996, offered her resignation...

  • Newsletter Formation

    May 22, 2024 3:20 pm

    The Newsletter n°36 of the Central Secretary for Formation can be obtained from the Internet...

  • 2024-2025

    Regional Meetings


  • 6 - 16 June, 2024

    Central Commission

    San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile

  • 4 - 8 November 2024

    Colloquium on the Degrees of Humility and Pride

    Rome, Italy

  • Blauvac

    June 20, 2024
  • Santa Rita

    June 6, 2024
  • Santa Rita

    June 6, 2024
  • Aiguebelle

    May 26, 2024
  • Guadalupe

    May 25, 2024


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